Jeremiah 5: 30-31 ” A horible and shocking thing has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and My people love it this way. But what will you do in the end? “

Spinning God’s Word to make it more acceptable, and politically correct is not new.  During Jeremiah’s time the prophets used lies and deceit to woo the people into a false sense of peace.  And the  Church Leaders weren’t far behind in this guise, using their power to manipulate and deceive the people also.  So why did the people not only tolerate this… but love it?   These false prophets were only telling the people what they wanted to hear and the Church Leaders  were watering down God’s Word to the point no one felt uncomfortable.  But what does the future hold for such deceptive action then or now?

I Kings 16:30-31 ” Ahab, son of Omri, did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him. He not only considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam, son of Nebat, but he also married Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and began to serve Baal and worship him.”

Queen Jezebel brought her false religion and idols with her and tried to force it on Israel.  She was extremely intelligent, cunning, evil…and  ruthless in destroying anyone who stood up to her…killing off many of the Lord’s prophets.  This Jezebel spirit seeks to infiltrate, and once in,  tries to attack, undermine and destroy people, marriages, Churches, and Ministries.  This critical spirit worms its way in with charisma and manipulation slowly taking control only then to turn…causing major dissension, strife, in-fighting, and malicious gossip. Those in Leadership positions are especially in their sights to destroy.  Even strong Christians can be brought down by this Jezebel spirit…look at Elijah.  Even though he had just defeated 400 prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel…when Jezebel threatened him…he ran.  Elijah was so distraught and depressed he wanted to quit and just walk away from God…until God strengthened him and gave him a Word.

I John 2:26 ” I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.”

John was so concerned about the early Church being deceived by false teachers that he repeated this warning later on in his letter…for he wrote in Chapter 3:7 of I John,  “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray.”  Any teaching that denies Jesus Christ is God incarnate…and any teaching that places any thing or person above Him is fraudulent.  With cunning and wiliness false teachers will  speak of a “type” of Jesus, but if you listen carefully, it’s a corrupt version and not the truth.  So how can you know you’re not being lead down the path of destruction?  Without the firm foundation of the truth of God found in the Bible, we can all be easily duped and mislead.  Open the Bible…read the truth…allow it to formulate the basis of your belief system.  For when you have the truth within…no one will be able to lead you astray.

Mark 13: 21-22 ” At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect – if that were possible.”

Jesus warns us of people who will try to seduce us away from the truth.  Pseudo-christs  acknowledge Jesus…but then claim to actually  be Him, while  anti-Christs  oppose the true Jesus Christ and His power.  Both will amaze the multitudes with wonders…both come in sheep’s clothing to deceive the nations.  But the very last phrase of this scripture gives all Christians confidence.  “…to deceive the elect – if that were possible.”  The elect are us…chosen by God, and we won’t be deceived, for  with the prompting of the Holy Spirit we will be able to discern good from evil…a testing of the spirits if you will, to know deep down when something just doesn’t look or sound right.

Matthew 7: 15 ” Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”

Prophets are not self-appointed. A true prophet is called of God even before birth. Many times, when someone claims the title of prophet, it’s with their own agenda, not God’s. The Apostle Paul warned the leaders of the early Church to watch over the flock for false prophets who would draw the Believer astray with perverse things and distorted truth. (Acts 20:30)

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